Essay by Brad JonesUniversity, Bachelor'sA+, January 1996

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'As an author Melville both courted failure and scorned success.'(pg. 613, A

Companion to Melville Studies). How many famous legends in time have existed to

know no fame. How many remarkable artist have lived and died never receiving due

credit for their work. Herman Melville is clearly an artist of words. Herman Melville is

certainly a prodigy when it comes to writing. Herman Melville never received hardly any

credit for any of his works. Melville wrote such novels as Moby-Dick, and Billy Budd.

Melville wrote about things that he knew about. He wrote about his own experiences.

The one thing that he loved, and knew the most about was whaling.

Herman Melville was born in 1819, the son of Allan and Maria Melville. He was

one of a Family of eight children - four boys and four girls - who was raised comfortably

in a nice neighborhood in New York City. Herman Melville came from a famous blood

line out of Albany, NY. Melville's grandfather, General Peter Gansevoort, was a hero.

Even though the General died six years before Melville was born, Melville still put him

in his book, Pierre.

On the outer side of the blood line there was Major Melville. The Major was a

wealthy Boston merchant who was one of the famous 'Mohawks' who boarded the ship

of the East India Company that night of 1773, and dumped the cargo in to the Boston

Harbor. Later Major Melville became the Naval Officer of The Port of Boston, a post

given to him by Gorge Washington. It is like the two blood lines fitted together perfectly

to create Herman Melville. Herman had the strength of the General, and the crazy hart

of the Major.

Herman Melville was 'hardly more than a boy' when he ran out to...